The Michigan Alumnus 476
Recognized as one of the outstanding figures in the con cert band world, William D. Revelli has had a varied and extensive musical training career. Associated with the University of Michigan bands since the fall of 1935, as a conductor he has brought great fame to the organization which, during the past five years, has traveled an estimated 15,000 miles.
Mr. Revelli began his musical edu cation in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, as a pupil of D. Sarli of the St. Louis Symphony, and he was enrolled in the Beethoven Conser vatory of Music, studying theory and violin. Four years later he en tered the Chicago Musical College and studied with prominent musical figures. From 1919 to 1921 he toured with the Redpath Chautau qua, and from 1924 to 1926 he was enrolled in the Columbia School of Music, Chicago, where he did his public school work.
He studied with H. A. Vander Cook, founder and president of the Vander Cook School of Music in Chicago, from 1925 to 1935. For some time dur ing this period Mr. Revelli was Supervisor of Music in the Hobart Public Schools, Hobart, Indiana, where he organized the instrumental music department in the high school, and his work with the Ho bart High School Band is con sidered phenomenal in the field. The band won first place in the National contest for five years under Revelli's direction.
When he came to Michi gan in 1935, Mr. Revelli also be came Assistant Professor of Wind Instruments. He has been a guest conductor and lecturer at New York University from 1938 to 1942, was guest conductor at Northwest ern University from 1935 to 1941, and has conducted at the National Music Camp at Interlochen since 1935. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity and is a member of the national honorary fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha.
As an outstanding authority on bands, Mr. Revelli has acted as adjudicator and conductor at clinics and con ferences in almost every state in the Union, and is in constant demand. He is also a member of the Sight Reading Committee of the National School Band Association and is a member of the American Band- masters' Association. As an editor, Mr. Revelli has had his band and orchestra method published, and he is currently serving as Editor of the Band and Orchestra Department of the Etude, music magazine.